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5 of The Most Useful Mouse Macros for Work (on Windows 10)

5 of The Most Useful Mouse Macros for Work (on Windows 10)

Why You Need Macro Buttons on a Mouse

When I say give me all of your useful mouse macros, you might just jump up and scream:

Razer Orbweaver Chroma: A keypad of programmable macro buttons

“I love my countless programmable mouse buttons because they let me 360 no-scope that fool in Penguin Simulator 1995.”

Unfortunately for you, this is a place of work and productivity.

It’s not just “gamers” who benefit from having macro buttons on their mouse; conversely, programmers, computer enthusiasts alongside other power users can equally gain from such a treat.

32 weeks ago, you read about my take on the Logitech G502 Mouse. Despite its clear focus on the gaming demographic, it has—ironically—made my workflow more productive.

How come? To clarify, it has a multitude of useful macro buttons, which are easily accessible by your thumb. Accordingly, you can assign countless useful macro functions to the mouse.

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Writing vs Typing: Which is the Best for Your Desired Results?

Writing vs Typing: Which is the Best for Your Desired Results?

When Should You Think About Writing vs Typing?

Ask me several months ago to decide between writing and typing. I would have certainly concluded that typing, digitalised information etc is far better. Nevertheless, I’ve found that this is not always the case…

Organising your life can be difficult when you have a shortage of a clear, definitive, step-by-step plan. Accordingly, a lot of organisational aspects, such as the question of writing vs typing, are up to you.

Writing vs typing: an idea on a sticky note pinned to a noticeboard

Above all, getting ideas out of your head is ridiculously important to help clarify and organise your life. But how do you do this?

In today’s day and age, the two most obvious forms of media are:

  • Pen and paper
  • Digital storage

Boil that down further, you subsequently reach the decision between two methods of expressing information:

  • Write stuff down by hand, or
  • Type, with a keyboard, words into a digital device, for example, your desktop computer or smartphone.

So, which method is better? I hate to say that this depends heavily on your objective as well as your preferences.

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The Best Way to Turn Your Laptop into a Monitor (5 Steps)

The Best Way to Turn Your Laptop into a Monitor (5 Steps)

The Problem of Turning a Laptop into a Monitor

Unlike any other monitor you find on the market, laptops do not typically offer ports for video input. Conversely, all HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA sockets etc act solely as display outputs.

But what if you wanted to use another computer hooked up to a separate laptop turned into a monitor? Then you’ll have to get creative!

Therefore, I have made it a little bit easier for you to turn your laptop into a monitor in this article. There, we discussed five ways you could take in order to solve the laptop-monitor problem. However, today we are going to focus exclusively on number 2.

You can turn your laptop into a second monitor

To clarify, this tutorial will show you how to use your laptop as a true second monitor; a true multi-monitor experience.

So, this means you will be able to:

  • Operate two workspaces with a single keyboard and mouse
  • Transfer data (for example, the clipboard) between screens
  • Above all, drag windows across screens seamlessly

And that all comes absolutely free, without the painstaking hassle of tearing apart hardware or making serious compromises.

You Will Want to Stay Tuned for The Bonus!

After having turned your laptop into a monitor, I will extend the multi-monitor workflow even further!

You will be able to switch to using your laptop as its own device with ease. Furthermore, this will be made possible using the same keyboard and mouse.

Thus, this is the secret to making my “turn a laptop into a monitor” technique work effortlessly and seamlessly. If I were to describe this workflow in one word, it would be versatile.

What’s more, it is identical to the setup I use—every day—to which I can personally give ample approval.

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How to Stop Wasting Time Online: My Proven 5 Step Strategy

How to Stop Wasting Time Online: My Proven 5 Step Strategy

Stop Wasting Time Online (Fight Your YouTube Addiction)

Somewhat regrettably, I have wasted many miserable years of my life, wasting time online. In this article, I will show you how I eventually brought an end to this madness—setting myself free!

A person wasting time online by using Social Media

Before that happens, rank yourself on a scale of 1–10 based on how well this reflects you:

Due to the endless streams of distractions, wasting time online is seemingly inevitable for me. Accordingly, I have difficulty trying to exercise discipline so I can pursue greater things in life.

For example, as soon as I finish reading an article/watching a video, I am immediately tempted by the related content. Similarly, my feed is continuously begging for my bounded attention. I, therefore, waste countless hours binging on online content, which ultimately wrecks my life.

If this brief description sounds like you, then I would like to invite you to at least try my system. That is to say, give it a mere test run before reviewing the results.

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How to Save Your Time: The Most Powerful Planning Routine

How to Save Your Time: The Most Powerful Planning Routine

Why a Planning Routine (& Reviewing) is Important

How effective is a planning routine, and why is planning important? For instance, you may feel busy enough with whatever system you are currently using. Nevertheless, this does not mean that your time is being spent meaningfully.

The Power of Planning How You Want Your Life to Go

Firstly, if you want to spend your time productively, you must be proactive with your time. On the contrary, if you are reactive—letting your inbox dictate your actions—you’re doing it wrong.

Productivity calendar in a planning routine

That is to say, chase the opportunity rather than letting distractions chase you. It is, unless you proactively chase opportunity, the case that the opportunity cannot be trusted to come after you.

Just making that clear.

So, the evident solution is to be deliberate and plan your time out carefully: incorporate a planning routine in your life (which I will soon discuss).

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Why This Sleep Tracking Smartwatch Will Enlighten You (Fitbit Versa Review)

Why This Sleep Tracking Smartwatch Will Enlighten You (Fitbit Versa Review)

The Best Value Sleep Tracking Smartwatch

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Versa

Providing a solid load of useful features at such an affordable price, the Fitbit Versa is certainly a superior option for those wishing for sleep-tracking excellence—despite the few problems.

 

You Know Less About Last Night Than You Think

As we all know, sleep is paramount for a happy, healthy, and productive lifestyle. Alas, it is equally obscure to us, since we’re not really fully conscious when we engage in such activity. This problematic reality, though, can be changed with the help of a sleep tracking smartwatch!

Otherwise, you are left guessing how long you slept based on when you got into bed and when you awoke. Obviously, this will produce inevitable inaccuracies regarding the under/overestimation of the time it takes for you to get to sleep.

Make sure that you get enough good sleep

Sure, while you could take the average time (about fourteen minutes or so), it’s merely an average. In other words, everyone is different, so you need to find out your sleep patterns specifically.

Moreover, even if you can accurately estimate how long you’ve slept, that’s still not the whole story. For instance, there is no concrete indication of your quality of sleep.

Even if you get plenty of time in bed, that does not mean that your sleep quality is optimal.

Sleep stages—the phases of sleep we go through each night—also play a key role in all of this. And it’s important that you have an awareness of it.

Before we begin looking at a sleep tracking smartwatch, let’s first see how they can benefit you.

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55 Productive Things to Do in 2019 (The Best of 2018)

55 Productive Things to Do in 2019 (The Best of 2018)

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Count

I do not subscribe to the concept of embracing these rare “new year’s resolutions” (because these annual promises don’t work). In spite of that, you might as well take advantage of the moment as an opportunity to exceed 2018’s efforts. And what better way to do that than by establishing an assortment of productive things to do this year?

Don't waste your time and make sure you have a list of productive things to do in 2019

For you see, this year, you’re going to become more productive than ever. In order to do that, you can use the following list of productive things to do as mere inspiration.

Perhaps you would want to create a grand to-do list outlining all the achievements that you wish to make. For example, these might include:

  • Actionable pieces (so, productive things for you to do)
  • Long-term goals that help you achieve what you want in life (such as better social skills)
  • Commitment to routines as well as new habits
  • Commitment to breaking detrimental habits

Furthermore, the high-achiever to desires to out-do their previous last year’s self by a factor of 30. Accordingly, they must go one step further: treat their annual goals as a minimum, and not hesitating to pursue any more important tasks that come their way.

Are you a high-achiever?

If you answer ‘no’, I would advise you to use 2019 as a time to change; see it as if it is to be a monumental turning point in your life!

So, let us look back in the Cryptic Butter archive for actionable, productive things you can do in 2019…

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My 3 Miracle Secrets to Absorb Knowledge [Super Quickly!]

My 3 Miracle Secrets to Absorb Knowledge [Super Quickly!]

Why Should You Be in the Hot Pursuit of Knowledge?

The successful person is always learning—always absorbing knowledge.

Fact-machine. This would have described a mere school-age boy back in the day, and what a title it was! Above all else, this boy knew exactly how to absorb knowledge at an exceedingly alarming rate.

For instance, he read books ceaselessly like an unstoppable choo-choo train. Not just that, but he was able to retain the extensive vaults of knowledge encapsulated within them.

The child—whose mind bulged with raw information—has, in all likelihood, read more books than you will ever read. And that’s solely in his childhood. If you think you’re shaking your head at this, would you like a bet, m8?

All right, then see if you can match yourself up to these juicy facts:

  • He read all the books in his neighbourhood library
  • He read all the books in his school’s library
  • Finding himself exhausted of information-yielding material, he subsequently went on to absorb the knowledge of two entire encyclopaedias.

“I started to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica. That was so helpful.”

— Elon Musk

While the young learner evidently struggled to make friends, you could imagine the great feats he went on to accomplish. In fact, don’t just imagine them—look at them yourself!

The boy’s name was Elon Musk. Indeed, this immensely successful figure is the same person as the previously discussed book-hungry sponge.

How did he get to where he is? An inextinguishable flame, confident in posture, burned strong within him; his sheer determination to absorb knowledge fast and effectively in order to achieve his goals.

This, in my opinion, demonstrates the power of knowledge and learning perfectly.

So, when are you going to start achieving great things?

Learn more about Musk: Future of the Space Industry: Why Should You Be Excited?

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How to Sleep Easily for More Happiness and Better Focus

How to Sleep Easily for More Happiness and Better Focus

Why Do You Need More Sleep?

If you can get to sleep easily during the day, there's probably something wrong

You don’t want to get to sleep that easily!

Sleep deprivation is common amongst many people, proving the difficulty in getting to sleep easily. What’s more, it’s not rare—at all—to come across the person who doesn’t truly understand the importance of sleep.

Sleep is indisputably invaluably important.

And the research shows this. However, our modern world in which we live today does not.

Why is this? It is because our society is ‘always awake’, so to speak; everywhere you go, there will be buzz as well as novelty—i.e. distractions.

Moreover, in a world driven by technology, there is no ‘off’ switch by default. For example, people are constantly dwelling upon countless yet frivolous activities, such as:

  • Exploring social media
  • Managing emails and other communications
  • Consuming information content
  • Otherwise surfing the Internet or using electronic devices

These technological factors contribute massively to people not getting sufficient sleep easily: too many late nights with your preferred source of procrastination! Naturally, sleep should be easy to obtain, right?

Well, in an unmercifully overengineered habitat, it is crucial that we first add to remove. In other words, take extra measures to reverse the effects of an environment promoting procrastination and condemning productivity.

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Should You Have Faith in Online Calendars? [Kill Procrastination]

Should You Have Faith in Online Calendars? [Kill Procrastination]

Why Would Calendars Avoid Procrastination Effectively?

If you’re not already using an online calendar, I genuinely hope this article will make you think again.

For now, however, we are not going to explore the benefits of specifically online calendars; that comes later. To begin with, why should we all be using any calendar at all?Excessive Confusion

The Problem of Procrastination and Productivity-Deficiency

The battle for productivity and against procrastination is an ongoing, ceaseless effort. That is to say, you will always encounter resistance when you need to get work done.

In order to reduce this friction, we must devise systems within our life. Why? Because your brain is flawed, imperfect, and exhaustible.

In many cases when we are given a decision, we often make the wrong choice. For example, if you have some free time, you may have quite a few options:

  • Send out some job applications because you’re unemployed
  • File your taxes, which you are late to do
  • Clean the dishes
  • Watch television for another ten hours
  • Eat pudding
  • Steal the neighbours’ Wi-Fi

Without an effective system, self-concept, and mindset, you would probably be likely to choose options 4–6. This is due to your natural tendency to gravitate towards easy things.

Consequently, the significantly more important, albeit more demanding, tasks take the back seat.

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